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Athletic recruiting in the time of COVID-19

A pair of long-distance running shoes lies on an empty track. The cancellation of interscholastic spring sports has drastically changed the recruiting scene for athletes looking to play in college — especially juniors.

by Vishnu Kannan, Winged Post Sports Editor

May 4, 2020

While stuck at home during quarantine, Harker student-athletes have found creative ways to continue practicing their sports from home. For track and cross-country athlete Anna Weirich (11), this means supplementing her daily runs with biking as a form of cross-training. For junior baseball captain Nic...

Varsity boys basketball falls to Sacred Heart

Matthew Chen (9) tosses up a basket as his teammates look on during the varsity boys basketball game against Sacred Heart Prep. After suffering a tough loss, the Eagles are currently 0-2 in league and 6-6 overall.

by Tessa Muhle, Reporter

January 14, 2020

The varsity boys basketball team lost 79-45 to the Sacred Heart Prep Gators at home last Thursday, bringing their overall record to 6-6 and their league record to 0-2. The game started quickly, with Sacred Heart quickly racking up 18 points to Harker’s 6 by the end of the first quarter and the s...

Boys soccer ties Leland 2-2

Andrew Cheplyansky (12) controls the ball with a header during the varsity game against Leland last Wednesday. The varsity team will play Crystal Springs in an away conference game this Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

by Lauren Liu and Irina Malyugina

January 13, 2020

The varsity boys soccer team ended their close game against Leland High in a tie 2-2 last Wednesday, while the junior varsity team lost 3-1.  “It’s definitely been a bit challenging for the boys. The boys are really starting to get to know each other, and it’s coming together,” varsity boys...

Girls soccer dominates Eastside in 8-0 victory

Aria Wong (11), co-captain of the varsity girls soccer team, holds her arm out in front of an Eastside player, attempting to block her from stealing the ball. The Eagles defeated Eastside 8-0 last Tuesday after an impressive game, their first league match of the season.

by Sally Zhu and Athreya Daniel

January 13, 2020

Varsity girls soccer defeated Eastside 8-0 last Tuesday after an impressive game, starting the regular season off with a win after an undefeated preseason record of 3-0-2. This is their first league game. “We’re all pretty strong players. We have some great senior fire power this year… [Our...

Former assistant athletics director and three athletes inducted into Harker’s Athletic Hall of Fame

Adhir Ravipati (‘05), Kristina Bither Gurney (‘09) and former assistant athletics director Chris Collins smile for a photo with upper school athletic director Dan Molin and lower and middle school athletic director Theresa “Smitty” Smith before the homecoming game begins. Maverick McNealy (‘13), who is currently on the PGA tour, was unable to attend the ceremony.

by Anna Vazhaeparambil and Aditya Singhvi

October 16, 2019

Four new inductees for Harker’s Athletic Hall of Fame were honored on homecoming night in a ceremony just before the game, where they were recognized for their dedication to Harker’s athletics program and for exemplifying the school’s values during their time here and beyond. Adhir Ravipati (...

Bringing Capoeira to Life

Capoeira teacher Loren Due ('85) stands in a ready stance as he faces off against Johnny Wang (12).

by Mark Hu and Muthu Panchanatham

April 25, 2019

Intense music plays in the background as two students bend down to touch their teacher’s feet, surrounded by their peers. They then proceed to shake hands, acknowledging each other with respect as they were taught. Suddenly, the two cartwheel into the center of the “roda” or circle of people and engage ...

7 Seniors Commit to College Athletics During Signing Day

The seniors, sitting at a long table with name tags featuring their name, sport and college, sign their letters of commitment to play in college. Signing day was held in the athletics center during long lunch at 12:45 on Thursday, April 18.

by Vishnu Kannan, Reporter

April 21, 2019

Members of the Harker community gathered in the Athletics center on Thursday at 12:45 during a long lunch to support the seven seniors from the Class of 2019 who have committed to play college sports. The seniors included Jarrett Anderson, who committed to play volleyball at Springfield College; Joshua ...

School meeting recap 1/18/19

Members of junior class council Evan Cheng, Avi Gulati, Roma Gandhi and Alyssa Huang announce the theme,

by Arushi Saxena, Global Editor

January 22, 2019

As students clamored to their seats at the last school meeting of the first semester, ASB President Neil Ramaswamy attempted to settle the crowd as English teacher Charlie Shuttleworth’s made an announcement about the annual Shakespeare Competition, which invites high school students to perform a me...

Freshmen excel on varsity teams in fall, winter seasons

Ishaan Mantripragada (9) dribbles the ball downfield as a St. Francis player chases after him. The Eagles lost the game 4-2.

by Irene Yuan, Muthu Panchanatham, and Helen Yang

December 5, 2018

Lungs burning and hearts pounding, varsity athletes sprint back and forth, striving to improve themselves for their next game. Keeping up with the experienced upperclassmen are skilled freshmen, eager to prove their mettle. “Time!” a coach yells. Panting, the players attempt to catch their breath, ...

Taking a knee: Athletes and activists across nation kneel to take a stand

Members of the Bellarmine football team knelt this past weekend at this game as well as at the game the week before.

by Rose Guan and Vivian Jin

October 12, 2017

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick dropped his contract with the San Francisco 49ers after last season, when he began to kneel during performances of the national anthem before games in order to protest the mistreatment of people of color in the U.S. This season, Kaepernick remains unsigned. Kaepernick began to play for the 49e...

Iyer on Fire

Niki runs in her Cupertino neighborhood on Dec. 17.

by Rose Guan, Wingspan Senior Staff Writer and Designer

June 11, 2017

It’s a cool afternoon in mid-December, the off-season for a cross-country or track runner. Nikitha “Niki” Iyer (‘17) wears a gray hoodie over black track pants, to ward against the cold. She adjusts a USA Track Foundation sweatband, checks her watch as she walks out of her Cupertino house—an...

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